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  1. Maj. Michael J. Donahue Army

    Paratrooper major killed in Afghanistan

    A paratrooper from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, officials announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  2. Airmen lift their right hand as they repeat the oath of enlistment at the Air Force Basic Training graduation ceremony, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths

    The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with 'so help me God,' the service announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. Officers of the U.S. Border Patrol check vehicles in a control facility in Texas. Jose Cabezas / Getty Images

    Border Patrol: Soldier allegedly smuggled immigrants through Texas checkpoint

    Border Patrol agents arrested a soldier who allegedly attempted to bring two undocumented aliens through a Texas checkpoint Sept. 11, hiding them in a pickup truck he was driving while wearing an Army uniform, according to a court document.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  4. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    Ship that destroyed Syrian chemical weapons returns home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing listen to a brief in 2006 as they begin training as part of the Lioness Team on Camp Korean Village, Iraq. An essay arguing against women in infantry units is stirring up debate. Sgt Jennifer L. Jones/Marine Corps

    Selfish? Officer's take on women in combat raises outcry

    The Marine Corps is about to launch one of its most comprehensive experiments to test the mettle of women in combat, but an active-duty female officer has a message for the Corps: Don't bother.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  6. A U.S. special operations forces soldier leads a group of soldiers from Iraqi Special Operations Force's 8th Regional Commando Battalion in July 2011. Department of Defense

    Analysis: U.S. officials parse term 'ground troops' when describing Iraq mission

    The question of whether the U.S. will send combat troops into Iraq has become a tortured debate over what terms such as 'ground troops' actually mean.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. Roberto I. Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, speaks during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, on Tuesday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief

    The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: U.S. troops in Iraq could call in airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  9. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend

    A senior Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  10. Rear Adm. James G. Foggo, second from right, has been tapped to lead 6th Fleet. Foggo, seen here in 2011 aboard amphibious command ship Mount Whitney, was the operations commander for the Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn. MC2 Daniel Viramontes / Navy

    Submariner tapped to lead 6th Fleet

    Rear Adm. James Foggo has been tapped to lead 6th Fleet and get a third star, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  11. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  12. Wounded, injured soldiers biking from post to post

    About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who have been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  13. President Obama, with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of the US Central Command, before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Obama reaffirms opposition to U.S. combat in Iraq

    President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Relatives of a U.S. Naval reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed in the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing

    Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Iraqi soldiers brandish their weapons during a military training exercise Sunday in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra. About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners

    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province. Marine Corps

    MARSOC Marine killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

    A MARSOC Marine was killed in Afghanistan this week in an apparent insider attack.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. About one-quarter of Americans ages 17 to 24 are considered too fat to serve in the military. A group of 450 retired generals and admirals see nutritional requirements as key to reversing that trend. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Stay the course on school lunches, retired brass say

    About seven in 10 young adults are ineligible for military service, according to a new report from a group that is pushing school nutrition standards as a way to improve that situation.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Dr. Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said the report appears designed to 'minimize the scandal and protect its perpetrators rather than to provide the truth.' Ross D. Franklin / AP

    Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

    A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a 'whitewash' that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. Vice President Biden speaks to reporters during a stop at the Waveland Cafe in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess

    Vice President Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. Chief Boatswain's Mate (SW) Nikita Bibbs is piped aboard the chief's mess of the cruiser San Jacinto in a Tuesday ceremony aboard the battleship Wisconsin. Mark D. Faram / Navy Times

    19-year sailor makes chief on final try

    For Nikita Bibbs, Tuesday offered a new beginning after thinking his career was over.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, the ranking member, arrive on Sept. 17 as the panel holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

    The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. Breedlove may get the 'force structure pause' he's been asking for all along

    Pentagon leaders may not go through with downsizing U.S. military forces in Europe given the continuous problem of Russia's behavior in the east, Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies during an annual, joint exercise in Florida. Airman 1st Class Jasmonet Jackson/US Air Force

    Air Force special ops looks to add armor, firepower to Ospreys

    In response to two of its CV-22 Ospreys being shot up over Juba, South Sudan, in December, critically injuring two service members, the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has added optional armor to the flooring of the aircraft and may also incorporate forward-firing weapons.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. President Obama greets members of the military before taking the stage to speak at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., on Wednesday. Obama had earlier consulted with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

    Wary House lawmakers prepared to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants Wednesday as Iraq's new prime minister dismissed the notion that the struggle could lead to U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    Senate committee: China-backed hackers penetrated TRANSCOM contractor networks 20 times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about U.S. military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
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